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Accept: Too Mean to Die

German heavy metal master Accept are back once again, continuing on their late career renaissance with Mark Tornillo at the vocal helm, for their latest Nuclear Blast release titled Too Mean to Die. Alongside founding member & lead guitarist Wolf Hoffman, Tornillo again puts on a show throughout this new platter of molten metal, joined by the rest of Accept who are in 2021 guitarists Uwe Lulis & Philip Shouse (yep, a three guitar army...Primal Fear can't have all the fun, can they?), bassist Martin Motnik, and drummer Christopher Williams. As with the last few albums, Andy Sneap is again in the producers chair, so you'll get a similar sound to what we've heard on all the albums in the Tornillo era, which for some might either be a good or bad thing, but there's no denying the crisp, metallic style that Sneap brings to the table, and Too Mean To Die is indeed a huge sounding metal record. Loads of riff-o-rama and Tornillo's gravelly roar permeate strong tracks such as "Overnight Sensation", "Zombie Apocalyse", "The Undertaker", the delightfully crushing "Symphony of Pain", and the rampaging title track. "No Ones Master" easily slips into European power metal mode, and while the lyrics of "Sucks to Be You" border on juvenile, it's still a fun headbanger. That brings up what isn't good about Too Mean to Die; lyrically, the band just seem to be slipping into teenage silliness for the most part, as if this part of the songwriting process is thrown in quickly at the last minute, which is a shame as the music is absolutely top notch. Check out the instrumental closer "Samson and Delilah" for some majestic heavy metal sounds, and the lone track on the album not dragged down by laughable lyrics. I'm not going to hold this aspect too much against the band, as I'm not usually much of a lyric guy anyway, but I'd think with music this good, they'd want to spend more time crafting some stories that better suit the rest of the overall package.

In summary, another kick ass Accept album chock full of potent riffing, blazing solos, and great vocals. Just don't expect thought provoking lyrics, and you'll get plenty of enjoyment out of this one.

Track Listing
1 Zombie Apocalypse
2 Too Mean to Die
3 Overnight Sensation
4 No Ones Master
5 The Undertaker
6 Sucks to Be You
7 Symphony of Pain
8 The Best Is Yet to Come
9 How Do We Sleep
10 Not My Problem
11 Samson and Delilah

Added: March 13th 2021
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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Accept: Too Mean to Die
Posted by Molly Whipple on 2021-06-27 01:59:52
My Score:

This album totally rocks. Both playing and production are top notch throughout. I've played this CD as much as any I have in 2021, almost as much as 2020's favorite, Wakeman's Red Planet. The lyrics aren't so much juvenile as just plain fun, avoiding the aura of ridiculous pretense that occurs when bands of the metal genre try to be pseudo intellectuals. Tunes like "Sucks To Be You" and "Not My Problem" bring a wry smile to my lips every time I hear them.The final instrumental tune, "Samson and Delilah," is indeed quite majestic. How could it fail to be when it borrows a bit of its phrasing of the glorious opening of the fourth movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony?

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